North Carolina USA
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In recognition of the practices of The Society of Friends, they did not use grave markers until the early to mid 1800's and varied by location. They also did not use a name of the month like May, but rather the number, 5 for May. As you read the names of the original pioneers listed below; the spellings may not agree with other documents, they are spelled as written in volume I of Hinshaw. There is not a start date for this Friends Burial Ground. However, the date would be in the same time frame as the start of Center Monthly Meeting.
Center Meeting is located in Guilford County, North Carolina, about ten miles south of Greensboro. New Garden Monthly Meeting settled a first—day (Sunday) meeting at Center in 1757 and a monthly meeting was established in 1773, by authority of Western Quarterly Meeting. At first there were only a few families and the meetings were held in a private house. A little later a small meeting—house was built. Still later the settlement grew to be a large one and a large meeting-house was built. The rapid growth, which had been due to migration from the North, ceased at the outbreak of the Revolution. As was the case with other North Carolina meetings, Center lost many of its members through the great migration to the Middle West which began about the end of the eighteenth century.
The men's minutes of Center Monthly Meeting prior to 1835 and the women's minutes prior to 1825 have been lost. A list of early members at Center, extracted from the minutes of New Garden Monthly Meeting includes: John Beals Jr., William Beals, Benjmin Beeson, Isaac Beeson, Richard Beeson, James Brown, Joseph Chamness, Thomas Dennis Jr., Peter Dicks, Jesse Henley, Robert Hodggins, Isaac Jones, Joshua Lamb, Robert Lamb, John Mills Jr., Richard Norton, Daniel Ozborn, Matthew Ozborn, Abraham Powel, Jeremiah Reynolds.
The following abstract of the records of the meeting has been compiled from the birth, death and marriage record (one volume), men's minutes (1835-1884) and women's minutes (1825—1890)
The information supporting this description, can be found in: the "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy 1750-1930", Volume I page 645, by William Wade Hinshaw